23 Nov 2011

Nadal to lead favourites Spain in Davis Cup final

6:20 am on 23 November 2011

The tennis world number two Rafa Nadal will lead favourites Spain in the Davis Cup final against Argentina next week.

Nadal will be joined by world number five David Ferrer, Feliciano Lopez and Fernando Verdasco, who beat France 4-1 in the semi-finals in September. Marcel Granollers has been named as a reserve.

Four-times winners Spain claimed their third title in Argentina in 2008 and federation president Jose Luis Escanuela warned it will be a tough battle against players used to his team's preferred clay surface.